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Bob Ridge

Associate Professor
Psychology, Psychology

1034 KMBL
Provo, UT 84602


Robert D. (Bob) Ridge, PhD, is an experimental social psychologist in the Department of Psychology at Brigham Young University. He received his BS in psychology from BYU and his PhD from the University of Minnesota. His current research investigates the effects of violent media on human thought, feeling and behavior. He also investigates personal and situational factors associated with the perception and perpetration of sexual harassment and the effects of expectations on interpersonal interactions. In his spare time, he conducts jury research for law firms. He has expertise in experimental, quasi-experimental and correlational research methods, as well as in quantitative analytic strategies. He is currently the chair of the university Institutional Review Board.

Research Interests

My students and I study the effects of violent media on people's thoughts, feelings, and behavior. We are currently investigating how people's mindsets affect their response to playing violent video games. We are also conducting research investigating public perception of violent media as a risk factor for aggression and how exposure to violent media affects people's ability to experience awe and spirituality.

Teaching Interests

Social Psychology
Applied Social Psychology
Research Methods


  • PhD, Psychology , Statistics and Methodology, University of Minnesota (1993)
  • BS, Psychology , Brigham Young University (1987)

Honors and Awards

  • Phi Kappa Phi, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (1987 - Present)
  • Martin B. Hickman FHSS Innovation in Teaching Award, BYU College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences (2015 - 2015)
  • Award for Excellence in Teaching, Psi Chi (2001 - 2002)
  • Enabling Fellow, National Science Foundation (1996 - 1997)

Administrative Assignments

  • Institutional Review Board: Other (Appointed by a VP) (2015 - Present)


  • Society for the Teaching of Psychology (2018 - Present)
  • Association for Psychological Science (1993 - Present)
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology (1993 - Present)

Courses Taught


Christopher E. Hawk Robert D Ridge Christopher Mosqueda Melissa Ann Heath Elizabeth Ann Cutrer Robert D Ridge Aaron Paul Jackson Erika Miller Tyler C Graff Robert D Ridge Holt E Zaugg Brooke E Dresden Alexander Y Dresden Robert D Ridge Robert D Ridge Brooke E. Dresden Felicia L. Farley Christopher E. Hawk Jeffrey S Reber Robert D Ridge Samuel D Downs Sam A Hardy Mike Steelman Sarah Marie Coyne Robert D Ridge Robert D Ridge Jared A. Montoya Sarah Marie Coyne Dean M Busby Brad Bushman Douglas A Gentile Robert D Ridge Laura Stockdale Sarah Marie Coyne Robert D Ridge McKay Stevens Mark Alden Callister Laura Stockdale Colin W Key Robert D Ridge Robert D Ridge Colin Key


Robert D Ridge Christopher E Hawk Luke Hartvigsen Logan D McCombs
Robert D Ridge Kelsie J Richards Moriah S Perkins Christopher E Hawk
Robert D Ridge Christopher E Hawk Logan D McCombs Kelsie J Richards Cheyenne A Schultz Rowan K Ashton Luke D Hartvigsen Derek Bartlett
Robert D Ridge Matthew A. Hiatt
Christopher E. Hawk Robert D Ridge Benjamin Peterson
Brooke E. Jones Brian Ensigh Cristina Roemmich Benjamin P. Hardy Colton Jones Noah Robins Robert D Ridge
Robert D Ridge Niwako Yamawaki Benjamin Peterson
Jeffrey S Reber Stephen Jennings Samuel Downs Robert D Ridge
Robert D Ridge Jeffrey S Reber
Jeffrey S Reber Stephen Jennings DJ Steffensen James Fraser David McMillan Samuel Downs Robert D Ridge
Robert D Ridge Gregory Lynn Busath
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